How to Train for the Tour du Mont Blanc

Imagine the following scenario: You are hiking the Tour of Mont Blanc, the trip you’ve been dreaming about for months, if not years. The scenery is surpassing your expectations as…

Imagine the following scenario: You are hiking the Tour of Mont Blanc, the trip you’ve been dreaming about for months, if not years. The scenery is surpassing your expectations as you encounter idyllic villages and jaw-dropping vistas.  The only problem? You can hardly enjoy it because of the aching of your knees, back, and hips, not to mention a blister the size of Switzerland that’s threatening to erupt inside your hiking boots at any moment. You’ve dragged your sorry self up to the top of (yet another) steep pass, but you can’t stop long to enjoy your accomplishment because, due to your slow pace, you’re behind schedule to reach your stopping point for the day.

When you finally reach the campground, all of the best spots have been claimed by faster hikers and there’s no hot water left in the showers.  Exhausted, you sloppily pitch your tent, scarf some dinner, and fall asleep. The next morning, instead waiting around for the freshly baked bread,  you’re up and out before anyone else because you know you’ve got another 10-hour hiking day ahead of you.

This could be you if you don’t train!

 

Now picture this: It’s early afternoon, and you’ve just crested the first major pass of today’s hike. You’re tired, and the hike has been challenging, but you feel good.  You enjoyed a leisurely morning before starting your hike today, sipping some coffee while breaking down your campsite. Now you have time to eat lunch and soak in the views before beginning your descent.  You arrive at your next destination in time to claim a great campsite, shower, and enjoy a beer in the sunshine. You’re sore and tired, but you feel excited for another day of hiking tomorrow.

So what’s the difference between these two scenarios? Training!

If you’re looking for one-on-one support in preparing for the Tour du Mont Blanc, we can help! Learn more about our personalized TMB coaching services. 

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How to find all of your campgrounds on the TMB

If you’re using our Guide to Camping on the TMB in conjunction with our post on how to navigate the trek, we thought it would be helpful to provide a resource…

If you’re using our Guide to Camping on the TMB in conjunction with our post on how to navigate the trek, we thought it would be helpful to provide a resource for finding your campground when using the Gaia GPS app on your smartphone. The following post will show you how to download customized location data for all of the campgrounds mentioned in the camping guide and how to use it with our guide to navigating the TMB as well as our guide to Tour du Mont Blanc maps. Let’s get started.

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How to hike from Aspen to Crested Butte for (nearly) free

Have you checked out our Guide to Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte?  Maybe you’ve thought that this would be an awesome adventure, but you worry about the cost of…

Have you checked out our Guide to Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte?  Maybe you’ve thought that this would be an awesome adventure, but you worry about the cost of a trip like this? Even if you don’t live in Colorado, it’s still possible (and even quite easy) to conquer this classic hike without breaking the bank by using the strategies described here and by opening just a single credit card! Keep reading to find out more.

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How to Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc for (nearly) free

Have you checked out our Guide to Camping on the Tour du Mont Blanc, TMB Trip Report and TMB Photo Gallery? Are you itching to get started planning your own…

Have you checked out our Guide to Camping on the Tour du Mont Blanc, TMB Trip Report and TMB Photo Gallery? Are you itching to get started planning your own TMB adventure, but nervous about the cost of such a big trip? Well not to worry, in this post I’ll walk you through exactly how we hiked the TMB while spending almost no out-of-pocket money just by utilizing two credit card signup bonuses. Keep reading to learn more.

Are you a US based traveler hoping to hike the TMB for nearly free? Looking for help saving hundreds of dollars on your trip? Consider using our TMB award booking service! Prices start at $50 per traveler and we’ll save you at least $600+ on your flight, and many times much more! Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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How to Save Money with Airbnb

Airbnb has exploded in popularity over the past few years. You can now find a place to rent in almost every corner of the globe ranging from small bedrooms in…

Airbnb has exploded in popularity over the past few years. You can now find a place to rent in almost every corner of the globe ranging from small bedrooms in a basic homes to luxurious mansions. We have had great success using Airbnb to save on our travel costs over the years. You can generally find a clean, well-located Airbnb for prices much lower than a hotel in a similar neighborhood. We’ve found this to be especially true in expensive cities such as London, as well as resort towns like Crested Butte. Airbnbs can offer several distinct advantages over a traditional hotel. If you haven’t stayed in an Airbnb before you can use this link to get $40 off your first stay.

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Backpacking Gear on a Budget

So, you want to take that first big backpacking trip. You’ve gotten your body into decent shape, you’ve saved up your vacation days, and maybe you’ve even used some of…

So, you want to take that first big backpacking trip. You’ve gotten your body into decent shape, you’ve saved up your vacation days, and maybe you’ve even used some of our strategies to book your travel for free. Way to go! You’re ready! Except, you just need a backpack…and maybe some trekking poles….and most of the other items on our packing list. If you’re like us, you enjoy spending your hard-earned money on experiences, not stuff. Before we embarked on the Tour of Mont Blanc, I didn’t have much gear to my name.  As a Chicago native, I had acquired hiking boots at some point during my decade of living in Colorado, and I had running clothes, but little else. I’d previously gotten by borrowing Ian’s way-too-big, broken-frame backpack for shorter trips, but I knew that wouldn’t cut it for an 11-day trek. Believe it or not, I was able to procure all of the high-quality gear I needed for the trip without stretching my uber-tight budget even a little bit. Here’s how I did it:

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Aspen to Crested Butte Packing List

The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is a Colorado classic. These two iconic mountain towns are linked by a spectacular trail that takes you over West Maroon Pass. You…

The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is a Colorado classic. These two iconic mountain towns are linked by a spectacular trail that takes you over West Maroon Pass. You can read our Guide to Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte here.

Below you’ll find our packing list for this adventure!

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Guide to Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte

If you’ve lived in Colorado for a year or thirty, you’ve likely heard of the hike between Aspen and Crested Butte.  While it’s a nearly 200-mile drive between posh Aspen…

If you’ve lived in Colorado for a year or thirty, you’ve likely heard of the hike between Aspen and Crested Butte.  While it’s a nearly 200-mile drive between posh Aspen and laid-back Crested Butte, the two mountain towns are actually only a couple dozen miles apart as the crow flies (if you’ve lived in Colorado awhile, you’ve probably heard this expression a bunch too).  Not only can you hike between Aspen and Crested Butte in one day, but the hike itself is one for the ages. Be sure to check out our other Aspen to Crested Butte resources below:

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Welcome to the Travel for Free Series!

Welcome to the Travel for Free series on TMBtent.com! If you are anything like us, one of your biggest hurdles to traveling more is the cost of the trip. Flights,…

Welcome to the Travel for Free series on TMBtent.com! If you are anything like us, one of your biggest hurdles to traveling more is the cost of the trip. Flights, hotels, dining out, and all the other expenses that come with a big trip add up fast and can quickly make that dream vacation seem unattainable. We had always dreamed of hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc and camping along the way, but when we would add up the cost of two round-trip flights from the U.S., lodging, food, and transportation it seemed like a price tag that was out of reach. This all changed when we discovered the world of travel hacking, which ultimately let us make our TMB dream a reality for under $500 per person, including round-trip international airfare!

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